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Game On as a Family

by Lindsay Ferrier | January 31, 2012 at 3:37 pm | comments

Video games have come a long way from when I was growing up. I can still remember playing Pong on our black-and-white television in the kitchen when I was five years old. (I feel like I should be waving a cane as I read back over those words.) I also remember when my brother got an Atari for Christmas, and the many hours of Asteroid, Frogger, Combat, and my favorite,

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Find Your Healthy Living Support System

by Renee Ross | January 27, 2012 at 5:22 pm | comments

I started my journey to healthy living the week of Thanksgiving 2009. At that point I was considered obese and weighed over 200 pounds. By August 2010 I’d lost 52 pounds and was prepping for my first half-marathon. Fast forward to today: I have completed six of these races and plan on more! I cannot take all the credit for my success with healthy living; I have to credit my

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Getting Teens to the Dinner Table

by Carrie Lundell | January 24, 2012 at 3:23 pm | comments

Studies show there are numerous benefits to sitting down to family dinner with your children. As small children turn into teenagers, the benefits (including better communication, higher grades and lower incident of eating disorders and drug use) become even more critical. But, with school, jobs, friends and the freedom cars can afford, getting teenagers to the dinner table becomes infinitely more difficult. I grew up eight years behind my closest sibling. So,

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Five Steps to a Healthier You: Lighter Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

by Together Counts Partner | January 19, 2012 at 5:55 pm | comments

Usually about this time of year, people have made New Year’s resolutions to get back to a healthy lifestyle or lose a few pounds. For most, the bar is set too high, making it difficult to maintain their resolutions throughout the year. When it comes to food, you really need to think long term – maintaining a balanced diet should be a lifelong commitment. When setting goals, I find what works

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Wintertime Fun!

by Jenn Fowler | January 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm | comments

It’s winter—how does a family stay active and have fun when it’s blustery and cold outside? Sure, you could join a gym, but that can be expensive, time consuming and is more of an individual activity. There are classic wintertime activities such as skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing –but they require special equipment, training and money. But never fear– there are still plenty of great ways to stay within your budget,

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Menu Planning Makes Family Dinners Easier

by Kelly Lewis | January 12, 2012 at 6:07 pm | comments

I actually enjoy cooking, but I just hate deciding what to make. It’s not that I’m not an adventurous cook; I just don’t have the knack for it. I’m not the type of cook who can throw some ingredients together (without a recipe) and have it taste great. I’m also not the type of cook who can look at a recipe in a cookbook and think “yummm, that sounds good.”

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Shopping for the Pantry

by Jenn Fowler | January 10, 2012 at 3:52 pm | comments

If you are going to eat a tasty, nutritious meal with your family then at some point you’ve got to go shopping! How do you plan your family’s grocery shopping? I use a “shopping for the pantry” method at my house. Rather than planning my shopping trips around a specific set of menus or meals, I like to keep my pantry/cupboards stocked with a variety of the items I typically use.

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Bridging the Gap to the Future

by Together Counts Partner | January 5, 2012 at 3:39 pm | comments

Hello! My name is London Fletcher, and I am a middle linebacker for the Washington Redskins. For the past eight years, my foundation, “London’s Bridge,” has been building a bridge to our future by addressing the inequities facing underprivileged and underrepresented children through mentoring and charitable giving programs. Specifically, we aspire to build standards of health and fitness, education, leadership and teamwork while instilling values of volunteerism and philanthropy for

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Be an Example

by Kelly Lewis | January 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm | comments

Pre-dawn runs, ice baths, the constant, distinct aroma of muscle relieving cream, blackened toenails (and a few that were lost all together), a diet of energy bars, gels and goos, and the oddest tan lines you’ve ever seen (thanks to the kinesiology I wore to support my knees)… these are the sort of things that happen when you are a runner – these are the sort of things I expected

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